A man standing in his field devastated by cyclone Idai.
Patrick Ghembo of Monyo Village, Malawi, standing in his field, which was destroyed by cyclone Idai in March 2019.
Photo: © Gavin Douglas/Concern Worldwide


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The progress made in the global fight against hunger is severely endangered. In countries that are already affected by hunger and poverty climate change is worsening the nutrition situation. This is the conclusion to be drawn from the Global Hunger Index, presented by Welthungerhilfe on the occasion of World Food Day.

If progress in reducing undernourishment continues at the current pace, some 45 countries will fail to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 2 of zero hunger (or at least a low level of hunger) by 2030. This is one result of this year’s Global Hunger Index (GHI) published annually by the NGOs Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide to mark World Food Day on 16 October.

The Global Hunger Index 2019 calculates the nutrition situation in 117 countries. The result: 822 million people are suffering from hunger around the world; after years of decline, the number has been rising again over the last three years, from 785 million in 2015. In addition, some two billion people  are suffering from malnutrition. On the one hand, the GHI has fallen by 31% since 2000, and there are 14 countries which have significantly improved their scores in this period, including Angola, Ethiopia, Laos and Rwanda. On the other hand, nine countries (including Central African Republic, Lebanon, Yemen and Venezuela) are showing GHI scores that are higher than in 2000.

Progress is being rolled back

‘We aren’t making enough progress in reducing hunger,’ complained Klaus von Grebmer, Strategic Advisor of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), at the presentation of the GHI in mid October in Berlin.

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